Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-02-05
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Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (216) 932-3300
  • Fax:
  • (216) 932-0825
  • Street Address:

  • 3352 Mayfield Road

  • Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
  • Mailing Address:

  • 3352 Mayfield Road

  • Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Contact Information

Services Schedule


MATINS: 8:15 am
LITURGY: 9:30 am

SATURDAYS (subject to change):

VESPERS: 5:00 p.m.

Past Bulletins


Feb. 5, 2022


MATINS: 8:15 a.m. 
LITURGY: 9:30 a.m. 
EPISTLE: II Timothy 3:10-15
GOSPEL: Luke 18:10-14
GREEK TEXT p. 172 
PROSFORA: Paula Kappos  
PANGARI: Team  B: Jason Berry, William Raybuck, Marguarite Stephanopoulos
MEMORIALS: 10:45 a.m. - 5 year Memorial for Michael Frangos, the loving husband of Filoula, the father of Steve & Nicholas
                      10:45 a.m. - 5 year Memorial for Norbert Goss
                      10:45 a.m. - 18 year Memorial for Eleni Tartara
                      10:45 a.m. - 50 year Memorial for Emmanuel Tartara
COFFEE HOUR: Hosted by the Frangos and Tartara Families



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."


Wisdom of the Fathers

If there is a moral quality almost completely disregarded and even denied today, it is indeed humility. The culture in which we live constantly instills in us the sense of pride, of self-glorification, and of self-righteousness ... Even our churches - are they not imbued with that same spirit of the Pharisee? Do we not want our every contribution, every 'good deed,' all the we do 'for the Church' to be acknowledged, praised, publicized? ... How does one become humble? The answer, for a Christian, is simple: by contemplating Christ..."
Fr. Alexander Schmemann
Great Lent, pp. 19-20., 20th Century


This Week


Mon, Feb. 6th   -  6:30 p.m. - Basketball (offsite)
 7:30 p.m. - Adult Beginner's Greek
 7:30 p.m. - Gamblers Anonymous 

Tues, Feb. 7th   - 6:30 p.m. - OPA Dance 
Weds, Feb. 8th   - 9:30 a.m. - St. Makrina Zoom Bible Study
6:30 p.m. - Basketball (offsite)
7:00 p.m. - Adult Intermediate Greek
Thurs, Feb. 9th  10:30 a.m. - Adult Intermediate Online 
11:30 a.m. - Adult Beginner's Online
Fri, Feb. 10th     9:30 a.m. - Liturgy (St Haralambos)
 - 7:00 p.m. - Greek Name Signs workshop
Sat, Feb. 11th
      - 9:30 a.m. - Greek Kindergarten 
10:00 a.m. - Greek School
 5:00 p.m. - Vespers (& Confessions)
Sun, Feb. 12th    - 8:15 a.m. - Matins 
 9:30 a.m. - Liturgy  
                           - 10:45 a.m. - 40 Day Memorial
: Chris Doufopoulos      
                           - 10:45 a.m. - 6 month Memorial: 
Marrion Demore  
                           - 10:45 a.m. - 1 year Memorial:
 Harry Arastaris  



We’re happy you’ve joined us today. Please sign our guestbook and introduce yourself to one of our greeters or anyone wearing a nametag. We’re here to answer your questions and make your visit to our church meaningful and enjoyable.


Everyone is welcome in the Orthodox Church & may receive the blessed bread (antidoron) at the end of the service, but only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.


Those wishing to follow the livestreamed services with a written text may do so using the links below.
Electronic Version of Orthros (Matins) on Feb. 5th:

Electronic Version of Divine Liturgy on Feb. 5h:


We are pleased to welcome everyone back for the new year. We have returned to the 11:30 am. timeslot, and our speaker will be Dr. Michael Manos on the topic “St. Anthony”.


The Orthodox Christian Community of Greater Cleveland and Lorain will soon be honoring the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of the Great Fast. A celebration of this triumph of our Faith will take place on the evening of 05 March 2023, at 5:00pm. This service of Great Vespers will be hosted by Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (OCA), located at 6822 Broadview Road, Parma, Ohio 44134. His Grace, the Right Reverend Andrei, Bishop of Cleveland and Auxiliary to the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (OCA), will preside as well as offer the homily.

If you wish to donate, we ask that you make checks payable to the “Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy,” or simply the “GCCOC.” Checks can either be given to your parish priest, or they can be mailed to the address below no later than 26 February 2023.

GCCOC, c/o St. Innocent Orthodox Church
PO Box 38208
Olmsted Falls, Ohio 44138


2023 Pledge Forms have been sent out. If you didn’t receive yours or need another, they are available on our website or in the office.

TITHE.LY - IMPORTANT UPDATES! is an online giving tool that makes it simple to safely/securely give to your church anywhere at any time. No downloads required; simply visit the Sts. Constantine and Helen homepage, and click the green Give Now button at the upper right of the page. Your gift goes directly to the church, and is an easy way to make your donation by credit card. However, please be aware that if you choose not to cover the fee, it will be deducted from your donation.

PLEASE NOTE as well that if you’ve set up a recurring donation on, it’s time to update your pledge for this year. It did NOT automatically change to the current year’s Stewardship Fund, so please make sure your gift is being allocated as intended - some of you still have donations coming in tagged for 2021!


Invites all to join us every Wednesday, from 9:30-11am.
Our next book to read and discuss is:
Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life, by WD Taylor.
Contact Toni Madden at for the Zoom link. We encourage you to join us!


We are reading and discussing: Metropolitan Anthony Bloom’s book "Beginning To Pray". This book is a classic written for people at all levels of spiritual development.

We began our Zoom discussion as of January 11th on Wednesday evenings at 7-8pm for 6 weeks. If interested, contact Cynthia Terezis by email at to be added to the Zoom email invite. Books are available through or Amazon


The Parish Council requests nominations for the 2023 St. Photios Award. This is an honor bestowed annually on two people from each parish by the Metropolis of Pittsburgh. The intent is to honor "unsung heroes," who serve the parish in many ways.

Past recipients include the following:

  • 2022 (2020)- Dick Warren & Irene Theodore;
  • 2019- George Kappos & Chris Tartara;
  • 2018- Elaine Joaquin & Mary Lambert;
  • 2017- Anna Warren & Katherine Kartalis;
  • 2016- Emily Miklis & James Huebner;
  • 2015- Helen Carbon (+2018) & Paul Fikaris;
  • 2014- Agnes Goss & Bill Mavrakis.

Nominations may be submitted to or to any Parish Council member, no later than February 15.


Evening Prayer Sessions  

The Faith In Action group has Evening Prayer Sessions Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday of each week at 8:30pm (EST) for all those interested.
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 867 187 8236 Passcode: Jesus
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,8671878236# US (Chicago) +16465588656,,8671878236# US (New York).


  • Feb. 5th -  Godparent Sunday. Godparents are really special people.  Invite your godparent to church next Sunday!  Orthodox Education students made invites to send their godparent (or a loved one if a godparent is not available) to join them in class this day.
  • Feb. 12th - OE Classes: Clergy visit high school class


Our church oratorical festival will be Sunday, March 12th.  OE students in grades 5-12 will receive information on participation today. It would be wonderful if all students become orators and learn more about our faith!  We hope to have a mentor for each participant. If you are interested in mentoring please call Maria Misthos (440-552-3270).  Finally, please mark the date on your calendar to join us for lunch to support our youth!


1)  GOYA is invited to a regional Valentine's Dance hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton on Friday, February 10th from 7:30 p.m. - 12:00 midnight. Semi-formal attire is requested, and tickets are $15 per person. RSVP ahead of time to Any questions may be directed to the same email or to Ted.

2) Orthodoxy on Tap (ages 21 - 35ish) will have its next meeting on Saturday, February 11th @ 6:00 p.m. at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, Bainbridge. Fr. Matthew Thurman will be hosting and speaking. To participate, RSVP to by Monday, February 6th. Pizza will be provided; participants are encouraged to bring their own beverages.

3) GOYA will have its annual end-of-basketball "banquet" on Saturday, February 25th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The event will feature Vespers, a potluck supper, and emotional speeches from the coaches. Save the date, and come hungry!

4)  A regional HOPE/JOY (K - 6th grade) retreat will be hosted by St. Paul, North Royalton on Saturday, March 4th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The retreat theme will be, "The Sundays of Lent." Activities will include craft, service projects, and lunch. Register at: Contact Soci Phyrillas with any questions.

5) Registration for the 2023 GOYA Spring Retreat @ Camp Nazareth is now live! The event will be March 31st - April 2nd. Camp Naz can and does sell out, so please reserve your spots quickly. Contact Fr. Stephen for parish scholarship codes, and Ted about the St. Cons carpool.


If you've been to church lately, you may have noticed a lot of changes. One of these affects Ted Cherpas, our Director of Youth Ministries, who now has an office at the east end of the hall (the old Festival office). And a new office means a new phone - you can now reach him at Phone: 216-932-3300 x5.


The Philoptochos Daffodil Luncheon will be held on APRIL 1, 2023. The Metropolis of Pittsburgh Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society’s Daffodil Luncheon is the largest fundraiser to support our organization. This year, we are committing 2/3 of the profits from our Daffodil Luncheon to Social Services and 1/3 to the “Seminarians of our Future Scholarship Fund”. We are asking for your support through sponsorship of the Daffodil Luncheon. We will recognize all sponsors in our event program. Please contact Anna Vedouras (216) 235-2798 or with any questions.



We have restarted OPA after a long hiatus, and invite all to join us for dancing and parea.  We meet every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Note that as of this week, we will be moving to the Fellowship Hall while the gym floor is being refinished.


Akron area Orthodox Christian Women are sponsoring a Lenten Retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18th, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mogadore. Our speaker will be Rev. Nicholas Halkias on the topic, “The Prayer of St. Ephraim”. Tickets include Continental Breakfast, Morning Session, Lenten Lunch, and Afternoon Session. RSVP by Friday, March 10, 2023 and make checks payable to OCW. Remit to:
Pat Gorsuch
124 Beech St., Doylestown, OH 44230
For more information call: Sandy Menhorn 330-354-7792 or Nancy Studebaker 330-655-9638


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 1st Tone

Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Presentation in the 1st Tone

Lady full of grace, rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, for Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness has risen from you and He illumined those in darkness. And you, righteous Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in your embraces the One who liberates our souls and bestows on us the Resurrection.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Plagal 4th Tone

Your Apostle among the Rulers, St. Constantine, who once beheld in the sky the image of Your Cross, and who like Paul received his calling not from man, once entrusted the Ruling City into Your hand. We entreat You to restore it in peace forever, at the intercession of the Theotokos, O Lord who loves humanity. (Copyright Fr. Seraphim Dedes, used by permission. All rights reserved)

Seasonal Kontakion in the 1st Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.